The world is filled with sheep stuck in the rat race, and that’s why it is very refreshing to see that people who would sacrifice the stability of a conventional career to pursue a dream, still exist. Soweto born, Timothy Moloi is one such individual. In an interview with Timothy Moloi, who is part of the cast of Motown Magic, we are introduced to this young talented performer as he sheds some light on his views on the show and on his own personal journey into the music industry.
Timothy’s initial plan was to do mechanical engineering but thank goodness he decided to follow a career in the arts. (Not that he would’ve been a bad engineer, but it doesn’t hurt to have one more entertainer in the world and one less engineer) He studied theatre at one of America’s premier liberal arts colleges, Ohio Wesleyan University. He then returned to South Africa in 1998. When asked why he came back, he stated “My heart and passion is always here”.
Timothy believes in the ideal “good music, good friends”. He wants to be known for his music and in so doing “touch people… to lift them up”. As he had studied in America, I was very curios as to how Timothy thought local talent compared to international talent. When asked this, his response was; “I think we are on par. We need to have the stage to show what we can do”. His positive attitude is truly accentuated by his infectious warm smile and his jovial laugh.
Motown Magic is the perfect platform to showcase talent like Timothy Moloi. The show boasts nine South African artists including TV personalities with international exposure. Timothy claims to get along with everyone in the cast and when questioned about what it was like working on the show, he shared that “the magic of working on the show is that what you see on stage, starts backstage”. When asked about how he gets audiences to engage with him he simply states, “If they connect with the voice, they will go with you anywhere”.
Timothy is currently working on his debut solo album which will be released sometime this year. His career boasts many performances including performing for former-President Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, as well as Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, at Douw Steyn’s farm ‘Shambala’ in the Waterberg. His performance in the 2002 production of Motown Gold has made him somewhat of a Motown veteran.
According to Timothy, Motown Magic, which will runs from Wednesday, 22nd of April to Sunday, 17th of May, 2009 at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City is “a really high energy show, and audiences have a huge affection for the Motown songbook. And all the big hits are there – Endless Love, My Girl, All Night Long, What’s Going On, Mr Postman and tons more. Carlo has managed to jam-pack so many of the favourites into the show, that it is a rollercoaster ride through the last five decades. It’s hard to choose a favourite but I’m a big fan of Babyface, so the Boyz II Men classic End of The Road is probably my best.” Motown Magic is a must see.
For more info on the show, see details alongside.